Fire Prevention Bureau

Introduction

The McHenry Township Fire Protection District takes pride in educating and preventing fires within the Fire Protection District. The Fire Prevention Bureau is currently led by Director Brent Innes. The MTFPD Fire Prevention Bureau stays active within the community by providing a host of programs to promote fire awareness and safety.

The Fire Prevention Bureau’s basic responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing Building Plans for New Construction & Performing Acceptance Tests for New Fire Protection Equipment
  • Investigating Cause and Origin of Suspicious & Accidental Fires
  • Fire Inspections
  • Junior Fire Setter Program
  • Pre-Planning
  • Public Education & Community Activities

More Information/Scheduling Inspections

The Fire Prevention Bureau Director may be contacted at (815) 669-5378, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

  1. Brent Innes

    Fire Prevention Bureau Director
    Phone: (815) 669-5378

  2. Carlos Medina

    Fire Inspector
    Phone: (815) 669-5381

  3. Chris Tolle

    Fire Inspector
    Phone: (815) 669-5382

  4. Adam Subleski

    Fire Inspector
    Phone: (815) 669-5380

  5. Tim Boutin

    Fire Inspector
    Phone: (779) 704-5746

  1. Inspections
  2. Fire Investigation
  3. Plan Reviews
  4. Building & Fire Code
  5. Juvenile Fire Setter Program

Inspections

The Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible for inspecting commercial, industrial, Health Care Facilities, Day cares and Schools occupancies for compliance with the State of Illinois, City of McHenry & surrounding Villages fire prevention codes within the McHenry Township Fire Protection District. Each occupancy is formally inspected approximately once a year. Occupancies of a higher risk potential or “Target Hazards” are inspected once a year. All new commercial/industrial/multifamily occupancies are inspected, prior to opening for business. Through its Fire Prevention Bureau, the District provides a balanced approach to fire protection through – Education, Planning, Compliance Inspections, Early Warning & Early Suppression.

This is accomplished with these key strategies:

  • Educate the public on fire safety practices
  • Sound building Plan Reviews to assure compliance with approved codes
  • Life Safety Inspections to assure compliance with applicable codes and standards
  • Thorough fire cause & origin investigations to implement fire prevention action plans

The Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible for reviewing and monitoring various life safety and fire detection/suppression related items associated with all current & new construction.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Emergency lighting
  • Access & exiting requirements
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Electrical issues
  • Extinguishers
  • Fire Department access to the site
  • Fire sprinkler systems
  • Chemical storage and handling
  • Restaurant hood & duct suppression systems
  • Explosion venting systems

School Inspections
Under a special agreement with the State Fire Marshal & the local school districts (District 12, District 15, District 156 and several Non-Public Schools), each school within the community is inspected bi-annually. All licensed day cares and pre-schools are also inspected annually. Routine fire drills are monitored by Fire Department personnel to ensure that proper evacuation techniques are utilized by all occupants.